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    The reader feels as if he is in Chongjin, where starving people ate the bark off trees; or atop Mount Taesong with the elite of Pyongyang, whose existence is a mix of sadism and whimsy; or with the masses who are bombarded day and night with the propaganda of North Korea's alternate reality.
    — Adam Johnson
    It's true. In America, you can reinvent yourself at any turn. And, you know, if things aren't going well for you in life, everyone says, change, become someone different.
    — Adam Johnson
    tags: true  america 
     
    The light, the sky, the water, they were all things you looked *through* during the day. At night, they were things you looked *into*. You looked *into* the stars, you looked *into* dark rollers and the surprising platinum flash of their caps.
    — Adam Johnson
    tags: star  dark  night  sky  water 
     
    But people do things to survive, and then after they survive, they can't live with what they've done.
    — Adam Johnson
    tags: people  live 
     
    The death of dictator Kim Jong-Il has cast all eyes on North Korea, a country without literature or freedom or truth.
    — Adam Johnson
    I'd known that the visit would be highly scripted and that genuine interactions with citizens wouldn't be possible, since it's illegal for them to speak with foreigners. Still, I'd thought I'd had a unique look at North Korea, only to discover I was wrong.
    — Adam Johnson
    tags: thoughts  wrong 
     
    I know it really sounds cheesy, but I did feel a duty to try to tell the stories of people who couldn't speak for themselves.
    — Adam Johnson
    tags: people  stories 
     
    I am a champion standing over the shadow of my former self.
    — Adam Johnson
    tags: self 
     
    . . . nobody every taught you loyalty . . .
    — Adam Johnson
    tags: loyalty 
     
    In my experience, ghosts are made up only of the living, people you know are out there but are forever out of range
    — Adam Johnson
    Like putting a name to my problems would solve anything
    — Adam Johnson
    tags: problem 
     
    Use your imagination only on the future, never on the present or the past.
    — Adam Johnson
    Life brings what it brings. I might be young but I've learnt this: prepare for each blind corner with your strongest shoulder dropped, ready to smash through whatever is thrown at you next. Once the dust clears you will be standing tall, a champion, a victor. NOTHING will be able to knock you down once you've taken the biggest hits this life has to offer, so come on life, BRING IT!
    — Adam Johnson
    tags: young 
     
    A name isn't a person,' Ga said. 'Don't ever remember someone by their name. To keep someone alive, you put them inside you, you put their face on your heart. Then, no matter where you are, they're always with you because they're a part of you.
    — Adam Johnson
    tags: people  heart 
     
    The urge to create a fictional narrative is a mysterious one, and when an idea comes, the writer's sense of what a story wants to be is only vaguely visible through the penumbra of inspiration.
    — Adam Johnson
    tags: stories  ideas 
     
    I thought that, with so much current attention focused on the topic of North Korea, I might share what I think are three books which cast a rare light on the elusive realm of North Korea.
    — Adam Johnson
    In America, the stories we tell ourselves and we tell each other in fiction have to do with individualism. Every person here is the center of his or her own story. And our job as people and as characters is to find our own motivations and desires, to overcome conflicts and obstacles toward defining ourselves so that we grow and change.
    — Adam Johnson
    Imagine a world in which no writer has written a literary novel in sixty years. Imagine a place where not a single person has read a book that is truly about the character at its center.
    — Adam Johnson
    But, in North Korea, it's just the opposite. There's one story. It's written by the Kim regime. And 23 million people are conscripted to be secondary characters. There, as a youth, your aptitude towards certain jobs is measured, and the rest of your life is dictated, whether you'll be a fisherman or a farmer or an opera singer.
    — Adam Johnson
    tags: character  people  youth  job  stories 
     
    Sometimes in life, things happen that will knock you back. Hell, you may get beaten to your knees but you must never ALLOW this world to knock you down! Conjure up all the strength you have and drive through whatever it is keeping you on your knees. Build up the strength and your knees may never buckle again!
    — Adam Johnson
    tags: world  hell  strength 
     
    The darkness inside your head is something your imagination fills with stories that have nothing to do with the real darkness around you.
    — Adam Johnson
    Orphans are the only ones who get to choose their fathers, and they love them twice as much.
    — Adam Johnson
    tags: father 
     
    For an entire populace, change, growth, and spontaneity were dangerous. Acting upon a personal desire, whispering a hidden longing, revealing your true feelings - all the human actions we think of as essential to a character - had be censored by the self lest they be punished by the state.
    — Adam Johnson
    A good story feels both surprising and inevitable, fresh and familiar.
    — Adam Johnson
    tags: stories 
     
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